Posts Tagged ‘England’

Free U.S. History: Pilgrims, Mayflower, & 1st Thanksgiving!

November 15th, 2012

Hi! It’s Thursday, November 15, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

U.S. History

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Nisa suggested this ad-supported website, sponsored by the non-profit Independence Hall Association whose mission is to educate the public about the Revolutionary and Colonial eras of American history. At the site, you’ll find a free virtual textbook of American history from Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium, including an entire section on “The New England Colonies” that includes:

  • The Mayflower and Plymouth Colony
  • William Bradford and the First Thanksgiving
  • Massachusetts Bay — “The City Upon a Hill”
  • Puritan Life
  • And more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a Table of Contents of all 60 chapters. Click on a topic of interest and a new page opens where you can read the articles and see pictures and illustrations. Use the “Next” button near the top of each page to read each entry in this virtual textbook.

Look in the left margin to see comments provided by visitors to the website, who often provide additional resources and links to reference materials.

Note: Because this site contains randomly generated ads and allows comments by visitors, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise all Internet activity.

Virtual Tour of Sherlock Holmes Museum

May 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Friday, May 11, 2012 and time for a Virtual FieldTrip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Sherlock Holmes Museum

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

According to the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, detective Sherlock Holmes lived in a Victorian house at 221b Baker Street in London, England. The house is real and still exists today. It was built in 1815 and is now a museum dedicated to the life and times of Sherlock Holmes.

At this website, you can take a quick virtual tour of Sherlock Holmes’ study that has been faithfully maintained for posterity exactly as described in the published stories. See his armchair by the fireplace and his trademark calabash pipe, along with his magnifying glass, violin, chemistry equipment, and  notebook.

When you get to the site, look for the menu on the left side of the home page. Click on the first item that says, “Museum Tour.”  A new page opens with an introduction to the tour. Just click on the arrows to see the entire presentation. 

This is a virtual tour that is sure to intrigue fans of the Sherlock Holmes mystery series!


Incredible History Game for Kids!

February 9th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 9, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC: History for Kids

Age Range: 8-14 (fun for everyone, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Cie reminded me that the BBC offers one of the most engaging history websites on the Net. They have archived all kinds of free, multi-media, interactive games that teach about famous historical events and people in world history while they entertain.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Ancient History – Play games that teach about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Iron Age, Vikings, and more. Can you resist the “Mummy Maker Game” in which you prepare a body for burial?

*World History – Learn the importance of world cultures including Africa, China, India, Mesopotamia, and South America. Find out how the Aztecs created a double-headed serpent, meet the first emperor of China, and explore the Indus Valley.

*British History – Play games to learn about The Battle of Hastings, the Tudors, the Victorian era, and run a city at the height of The Industrial Revolution.

You’ll also find games that teach about the history of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. And click on “Hands on History” to build your own castle or create your own cave art!

Bookmark this site to return often!


The Bubonic Plague & Nursery Rhymes

November 30th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Nursery Rhymes – Lyrics, Origins & History!

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This website offers the fascinating and surprising history of nursery rhymes. Did someone actually put their baby on a tree top? Why sing about Jack and Jill getting hurt? Did horses really attempt to reassemble Humpty Dumpty? Did someone named Peter actually eat a pumpkin and then lock his wife inside the shell?

On this informative, ad-supported website, read about all your old favorites, and perhaps discover a few new ones. As a bonus, you’ll learn surprising things about the history of England and its neighboring countries too.

For example, did you know that the Bubonic Plague and its symptoms were parodied in “Ring around the Rosy”? Or that “Boston” was named after someone called Saint Botolph? 

Many of the featured rhymes have more than one history, which just makes them all the more fun. You get to pick which one you’d like to believe! (Some of them are so old, it’s difficult to be certain of their true origin.)

NOTE:  Because this is an ad-supported site, parents (as always) should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use. Some of the ads look like part of the site but aren’t. To be sure, depending on your browser settings, you may be able to mouse over the links and see the URL’s before clicking on them. For example, “Trial by Trivia” is not part of this site; it’s hosted elsewhere.


Videos to Explain Daylight Saving Time & More!

October 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 27, 2011, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Grey’s Blog

Age Range: 8-18 (with parental supervision)

We don’t normally feature blogs, but you definitely don’t want to miss this one by C. G. P. Grey, an American living in England. He cheerfully shares his insights on history, politics, and more, by means of illustrated videos.

These videos are surprisingly fun to watch, well-made, and highly informative. Many have full transcripts available. They are all YouTube videos, so they are less than six minutes each. Even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of them, they are still good launching points for discussion and further study.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured videos including one that explains Daylight Saving Time!  Just click on it and a new page opens. IMPORTANT:  Scroll down the page a little to click on the image and launch the video. The full transcript is printed below the video screen.

Once you understand Daylight Saving Time, go back to the home page. You can click on more of the featured videos that include:

  • What are Continents – A humorous look at how many continents there really are, and why.
  • The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England (You may want to watch this one more than once.)
  • The True Cost of the Royal Family
  • How Scotland Joined Great Britain
  • History of the Union Jack (British flag)
  • Gerrymandering Explained
  • Coffee – Go ahead and enjoy a hot mug of “Joe.”

You’ll also find non-videos that include:

  • Various maps of the United States – graphics and commentary
  • Ayn Rand Loves Torture (for the intensely curious) – Find out the number of times each word occurs in “Atlas Shrugged,” a book by Ayn Rand.

As always, parents should preview the site and the videos to determine suitability of content, and supervise all Internet use.

Audio Myths & Legends w/ Lessons!

September 14th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 14, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Myths and Legends 
Age Range: All (children w/ parental supervision; fun for all ages)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this FANTASTIC website where you can watch and listen to narrated animations of myths and legends. Most originated in England, but you’ll find tales from Scotland, Ireland, Russia, Africa, China, Australia, and more.

Plus, this site offers a free “story creator” online program that allows you to CREATE YOUR OWN LEGEND and submit it for inclusion on the website.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured presentations. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore:

*Myths and Legends – Enjoy watching over 50 animated and narrated myths and legends from around the world including:

  • Humpty Dumpty (England)
  • Pandora’s Box (Greece)
  • Sir Gawain & the Green Knight (England)
  • The Black Egg, Pan Gu (China)
  • The Gurt Wurm of Shervage Wood (England)
  • The Legend of Tam O’Shanter (Scotland)
  • The Lengend of the Three Sisters (Australia)
  • The Snow Maiden (Russia)
  • The Wild Man of Orford (England)

Plus, you’ll find a menu of “Your Stories” that are tales written independently by website visitors from all over the world.  You’ll also find a menu of stories that website visitors created using the online “Story Creator” program.

*Create Your Own – Click on this option to use the “Story Creator” program.  It guides you step-by-step in selecting characters, a story line, adding text, pictures, and sound. This is a terrific way to engage students of all ages in the creative writing process!

*Teachers – Get teaching tips and resources that include downloadable lesson plans and activity ideas to enhance learning.

This one earns a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology.